I just got some new Bridgestone Potenza G 009'* (or "Goo" 9'* as the shop called them - WTF) tires for my ride, and I LOVE them. Combined with my new energy suspension bushings this car handles like a champ. They've gotten very high reviews and I would give them equally high ones. Plus I think they look cool too
. Total cost including mounting, balancing and valve stems came out to $91 per tire. (I could have bought them cheaper on tirerack.com but then I would have had to pay for the mounting, balancing, etc. so it more or less balanced out and I supported a local business in the process which is always good).
Here'* a link to the tire:
Here are the pics: I was going to wash her up but rain is in the forecast starting tonight and going through Monday.
Wheel weights on the INSIDE next time I promise!!
I like the tread design - they're directional if you couldn't tell. They look pretty aggressive I think
On to the sad part of this post (It was hard to take pics without the other car in the background and somehow I think you guys would be curious about the other Bonneville in the driveway)...
Replacement mirror and scrape on bumper
Scrape over rear wheel and beginning of rust :(
Here'* the background
My family bought our first Bonneville back in the early 90'*. I believe it was pre-1992 based on what I remember from the body style, but that was a long time ago and I was about 10. After that car, my dad bought a used 1997 SE in majestic teal. It'* purely base model with grey cloth bench seats and a column shifter. After driving that car for a while and liking it, in 2000 my mom got another '97 (at the time we thought it was just an SE with some more "bells and whistles" but since then with the help of the club I realized it'* a 40th Anniversary SLE no less
- it was missing the C-pillar badges until OlBlueEyesBonne got me the hook up this March) Eventually my parents got new cars: a 2000 Durango for my Dad and a 2004 Murano for my mom. Now that my brother and I are in college we inherited the Bonnevilles for our cars. I wound up with the SLE (I'm older
) and my brother has the teal SE.
Every time I see his car I'm more and more thankful the cars ended up in the hands they did. Last summer I changed his oil for him and got out 1.5 quarts of BLACK junk
I'm 90% sure he hasn't done it more than once since. No washer fluid in the reservoir, missing lug nut covers in a lot of places (entire rear passenger wheel and the nuts are rusty) and other bumps and scrapes around the car. He'* got a husky and the car has a second carpet of hair and other wrappers and junk. I don't want to bash him too much - some people just don't take interest in cars- but it makes me sad and even scared thinking about him with my car Ė I probably sound a little crazy but Iíve fallen more in love with it every day. It'd be nice if I could get him in the club, but he just doesn't have the interest in the car as is evident from what you can tell. I should work on it though; any other Bonneville brothers in the club?? Over Easter I showed him some things I've done with the car and he showed some interest. Iíll try to pursue things further and see if I can give him the bug but so far Iím the only one in the family.